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BEER PRODUCTION BY THROWING BREAD INTO WATER: A NEW INTERPRETATION OF QOH. XI 1-2

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The passage of Qoh. xi 1-2 has traditionally been understood as a call for charity or international trade. However, in the light of the procedure by which beer was made in the ancient Near East, which involved placing bread into water, a more likely interpretation is that Qoheleth is recommending beer production and consumption in perilous times.

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2002-04-01
2016-12-07

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